Check Out The Chimney

One big selling feature of a home can be a gorgeous fireplace that acts as a focal point in the room. From cozy winter nights to large family gatherings, around the fireplace can be a common place to gather. But even if you fall in love with the fireplace, make sure you (or likely your inspector) check out the chimney.

A thorough investigation of the chimney can lead to helpful insight into the home’s condition. Make sure the chimney itself is in good shape. Are the bricks or stones in place or are they crumbling? Is the roof area around the chimney solid or does it show signs of wear? Let the home inspector do the leg work and then act based on his or her report.

Chimney repairs are often negotiated during the sale and can help you negotiate a better price.